Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

We like to think modern culture moves at a dizzying pace, fueled by a relentless parade of new works of music, literature, and technological design. Change in nature, by contrast, seems to follow a slower trajectory as genetic mutations over generations give animals...

Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Last week, JetBlue announced it will offset its 15 billion to 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits and pumping cleaner-burning aviation fuel into planes landing at San Francisco International Airport. Great! Or is it? American...

What’s in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

Long-haul truckers can now get hourly forecasts of road surface conditions and temperatures for every mile of major highway in the US, Europe, and parts of China. Autonomous vehicles—once they get rolling—will likely use the same kind of data to help them avoid...

With Shovels and Drones, Volcano Hunters Probe Kilauea

Measuring the temperature of lava (somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit) isn’t easy. Most thermometers either melt or just aren’t practical in the field, so other methods must be devised. Gansecki’s team took its samples to a nearby lab to run them...

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

As climate delegates discuss the planet’s future at the COP25 meeting in Madrid this week, a new study finds the Arctic is warming much faster than the rest of the planet. That’s forcing polar bears and walruses to crowd onto shrinking beaches, starving reindeer and...